- Location Liverpool, United Kingdom
- Value £24 million
- Size 6,953 m²
- Client Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust
- Year 2016
Hopkins Architects won the new Institute in the Park at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool in a competition in 2013. The first phase of the Research and Education Building is now open, housing around 100 education, research and clinical staff and giving the hospital unparalleled facilities, positioning it as an international leader in the development of safer and more effective medicines for children and young people.
The three storey timber and glass facility provides a warm, friendly, innovative and open environment that is non-institutional and that increases public awareness of the activities of the Institute. The building’s form is designed to open up to a future park landscape, subject of a developing Hopkins Architects masterplan for the entire site.
The corridor-free design encourages interaction and collaboration between researchers and visitors and establishes multiple connections between the adjacent hospital, the neighbourhood and the park. A curvilinear central atrium is animated by a series of open yet intimate spaces containing meeting and write-up spaces and garden terraces. It acts as a serpentine extension of the park, drawing planting and light into the heart of the building.
The primary functions of the building are arranged in two modular and efficient wings to either side and contain research and teaching laboratories, offices, meeting rooms, lecture theatres, breakout spaces and a café and library.
The Institute embraces a flexible, holistic and long-term approach to sustainability and as such includes green credentials which are both built into the fabric of the building as well as visibly apparent in its form and material. It is expected to receive a BREEAM Excellent rating.
The second phase of the facility is due to start on site at the end of the year and will essentially see the interior spaces doubled in size by early 2018. The expansions will see the provision of further meeting spaces, laboratories and lecture theatres as well as a central café for use across the campus.